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The participants in the Varna Forum 2.0 (13 – 14 May 2017) shared the view that it provided a timely and useful platform for “thinking together” on the prospects for development of the Black Sea Region (BSR) as an area of cooperation at times of changing regional and global realities. Discussions covered a broad range of subjects concerning the accumulated experience in the on‑going Black Sea cooperation, the relevance of the region in the context of EU–Eurasia interrelationships, and… Прочети повече

Georgi Pirinski,  Member of the European Parliament, Programme Director of the Solidarity Society Foundation

Radoslav Deyanov, Expert (PhD), RAD Consulting, Economics and International Relations Institute

This paper provides a number of considerations for discussion at the Varna Forum 2.0 (2017), which relate to the merits and the prospects for elaboration and adoption of a 21-st century European Macro-Regional Strategy (MRS) for the Black Sea Region[1] (BSR). The paper builds upon the proceedings of the Varna Forum… Прочети повече

Information Note: Cooperation Projects in the Black Sea Region

(Supplement to the Discussion Facilitation Paper)

I. Completed Projects

A. Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC): „Black Sea Basin 2007 -2013“ Programme”

Priority 1: Encouraging economic and social development based on combined resources

  1. Black Sea Tradenet (BST) – period 2011 -2012

Period: 2011 – 2012

Participats: Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Turkey

Objective: To contribute to increasing the visibility of Black Sea Basin (BSB) and the venture investments by bringing… Прочети повече

The final text of the Varna Forum 2.0’s conclusions states that “…the experience accumulated over the years by BSR countries … constitutes a useful foundation for upgrading the existing formats of regional cooperation. The concept of an EU macro-region under a strategy specifically developed for the BSR could be regarded as a creative contribution to that end.” This formulation reflects the two aspects of participants’ views expressed in the course of the discussions – on the one hand that there… Прочети повече

The broad theme of the Thinking Together Varna Forum 2.0 was “THE BLACK SEA – CONFRONTATION OR COOPERATION?”. The discussions were organized around three panel themes concentrating the alternatives for the Black Sea as:

  • an European Backwater or an European Macro Region;
  • a Borderline or a Bridge for the European Union, and
  • a Minefield or a Pillar in the Evolving European Security Landscape.

Some of the main points made in the course of the discussions could be summarized as follows:… Прочети повече



Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bulgaria, Varna, Hotel Imperial


Friday, May 12, 2017


Arrival of participants/ Registration/ Check in



Saturday, May 13, 2017


Opening Remarks by

 Regine Schubert, Director, FES-Bulgaria

 Georgi Pirinski, MEP, Programme Director, SSF, Bulgaria

 Lyubomir Kyuchukov, Director, EIRI, Bulgaria

 Introductory Keynote Statements:


Michael Christides, Secretary-General, BSEC

Karmenu… Прочети повече

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